The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Philippines, will implement new membership types for its Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), allowing users to access additional features.
"The Aquino administration remains committed to improving openness and transparency in governance through our digitization efforts," said the DBM Secretary Florencio Abad. . Registered suppliers will be subjected to additional fees, which will allow them to access additional user features such as electronic bidding and electronic payment, he added.
Two new membership schemes will be introduced. They are Blue Membership and Platinum Membership.
For the Blue Membership, suppliers will be charged PHP 3,000 (US$ 73) per annum for access to extra features. The Blue members will be able to download PhilGEPS documents and print their own PhilGEPS registration certificate as well as one additional contact user for the organisation.
Users of the system have long requested for this feature to ease the transaction process, usually done personally at the PhilGEPS office or through postal service.
For Platinum Members, PHP 5,000 (US$ 121.87) will be charged annually and exclusive PhilGEPS features will be enabled. These include the uploading of eligibility documents and their products catalogue in the system, direct access to a list of consultants, and online bid submission.
Other features that will soon be available to them include e-payment, bid documents, and registration fees. The e-payment will help facilitate electronic and cashless payments for purchases at the virtual store.
"By allowing government agencies to conduct all phases of the procurement process online, we can ensure that public spending is more efficient and, at the same time, open to scrutiny. These efforts to further digitise procurement processes, in the spirit of transparency and accountability, would allow us to avert corruption, collusion and other transaction irregularities," Abad added.